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I have an 1st model luftwaffe dagger early Eickhorn with nickle fittings. The grip is loose and I cannot turn the pommel cap. I have tryed and am afraid I will snap the tang if I twist to hard. Any idea,s?

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You can try to get some penetrating oil to the thread area using a hypodermic. Then try turning the pommel in both directions - gingerly. If the tang is really rusty the metal may be brittle enough and snap no matter what you do. I would NOT recommend a torch to heat the pommel. This could loosen the solder thats holding the medallions in place.

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Moderately apply WD 40 in the space between the grip and pommel and leave the dagger in a vertical position (with the handle end down) overnight. Then try to loosen it
I had the same issue with an army dagger and this worked without any damage to the grip, pommel or threads.

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I am having the same problem, but I think it might be cross threaded on to the tang. Any more suggestions?

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If it would be only crossthreaded you still should be able to get it off. Crossthreading usually causes jamming during installation. If you can get it off the best thing would be to get a tap and die and restore the threads to tang and pommel.

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One thing in your favor here is the tang part of the blade isn't usually tempered and it would take quite a bit of torque to break it. I would try several applications of penetrating oil and work the pommel back and forth repeatedly. Manfred will correct me if I'm wrong but I believe you need a 3MM tap and/or die to correct the thread problem once you get the pommel off. Ace hardware has these in stock.
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That worked perfect. It eventually came off and went back together even easier. I picked up three items very cheap and just want to keep them in good shape. I am sorta new to this whole thing.

Maybe someone can assist me with my next issue.
I want to have a scabbard re-leatherd. How difficult is it, or who can I pay to do it for me?
Thanks

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Tom Wittman can recover your scabbard or I'm sure some of the members here can help you out.

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I did send it to Wittman to have recovered and he did a great job for a fair price.

Thanks again


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